On Wednesday, just a few short days after sending out their wedding invitations, Rory McIlroy, 25, called off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, 23.
In a statement, released by McIlroy's communication team, he revealed that sending the wedding invitations was eye-opening, and made him realize that he wasn't ready for the commitment that comes along with marriage. McIlroy and Wozniacki had been dating since 2011, and got engaged on New Year's Eve, while in Australia.
“The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails,” the statement read.
“I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting,” the statement continued.
McIlroy then addressed the break up just before the BMW PGA Championship. Although the split was McIlroy's idea, he said that the final decision was mutual, and they had decided to go their separate ways.
''It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning,'' McIlroy said. ''It was mutual and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on, and I've said all that I need to say.''
McIlroy, seemingly annoyed, explained that all break ups are hard, but what he was there to talk about was golf, and those were the questions he was going to answer.
''Look, I'm no different than anyone else,'' he said. ''Everyone has been through breakups, and it's obviously very, very difficult. But look, I'm here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions about golf, and that's what I'm going to do."
McIlroy won his first major in 2011 at the U.S. Open and then went on to win the U.S. PGA Championship in 2012. While Wozniacki is considered a top player in her sport, she has yet to win a major title.
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